Multiple Ideas in One Patent

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Mar 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Can I combine two existing patented ideas into one product and then publish/sell the result without infringing on those patents? I make cloth diapers by hand and am starting a home business to sell them online (very small scale). While I haven't seen an example of my particular idea commercially or in the online sewing communities that I am a part of, it does combine the essentials from two existing patents. I have done a brief Google patent search and have not found anything matching my idea. My intention is to publish the idea/procedure on my business website in order to protect myself from future litigation as well as provide a new feature to fellow cloth diaper sewing enthusiasts. Would this work or would it be considered infringement?

Answer: If you are not changing the individual patented inventions when combined together, it would likely raise an infringement issue.

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Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.

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